As the New Year approaches, our family's self-imposed deadline to create and implement a Family Emergency Plan draws near. We've spent hours upon hours talking to our children about the possible emergency scenarios that could present themselves and acting out the procedures for handling them.
“Educating and engaging youth is an integral step in preparing the nation for all hazards. Youth have a unique ability to influence their peers and families to be more resilient, and children can play an important role in disaster preparedness, during and after a crisis.” - FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.
Though I tend to examine situations and ponder what I would do should an emergency arise - my children are my biggest reason for having plans in place. I can't assume that everyone will know what to do without being instructed - especially my children. Where will they go? Where will we meet? What will we pack? What supplies should we already have on hand should there be an emergency? Without planning ahead - we are most likely to be unprepared if an emergency happens.
"Sixty percent of Americans self-reported they currently do not have a family emergency plan in case of a natural disaster or other emergency, according to a 2013 national survey conducted by the Ad Council." – FEMA/Ad Council Press Release
Click the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Resolve To Be Ready Thunderclap to promote a message of preparedness on your social media channels on New Year’s Day 2014. Also, use the hashtag #Prepared2014 whenever you discuss family preparedness on Twitter.